Quantum confinement at polar oxide interfaces

Quantum confinement at polar oxide interfaces - 02/08/2018

Polar discontinuities occurring at interfaces between two materials constitute both a challenge and an opportunity in the study and application of a variety of devices. In order to cure the large electric field occurring in such struc- tures, a reconfiguration of the charge landscape sets in at the interface via chemical modifications, adsorbates, or charge transfer. In the latter case, one may expect a local electronic doping of one material: one example is the two-dimensional electron liquid (2DEL) appearing in SrTiO3 once covered by
a polar LaAlO3 layer. Here, it is shown that tuning the formal polarization of
a (La,Al)1-x(Sr,Ti)xO3 (LASTO:x) overlayer modifies the quantum confinement
of the 2DEL in SrTiO3 and its electronic band structure. The analysis of the behavior in magnetic field of superconducting field-effect devices reveals, in agreement with ab initio calculations and self-consistent Poisson–Schrödinger modeling, that quantum confinement and energy splitting between electronic bands of different symmetries strongly depend on the interface total charge densities. These results strongly support the polar discontinuity mechanisms with a full charge transfer to explain the origin of the 2DEL at the celebrated LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface and demonstrate an effective tool for tailoring the electronic structure at oxide interfaces. Learn more here !

Probing Quantum Confinement and electronic structure at polar oxide interfaces, D. Li, S. Lemal, S. Gariglio, Z. Wu, A. Fête, M. Boselli, Ph. Ghosez and J.-M. Triscone, Advanced Science 5, 1800242 (2018)